Chapter 14. Using the GIS app

Table of Contents

14.1. About the GIS app
14.2. Create a new thematic map
14.3. Manage event layers
14.3.1. Create or modify event layer
14.3.2. Turn off cluster
14.3.3. Modify cluster style
14.3.4. Modify information in event pop-up windows
14.3.5. Clear event layer
14.4. Manage facility layers
14.4.1. Create or modify a facility layer
14.4.2. Search for an organisation unit
14.4.3. Clear facility layer
14.5. Manage facilities in a layer
14.5.1. Relocate a facility
14.5.2. Swap longitude and latitude of a facility
14.5.3. Display facility information
14.6. Manage thematic layers 1- 4
14.6.1. Create or modify a thematic layer
14.6.2. Filter values in a thematic layer
14.6.3. Search for an organisation unit
14.6.4. Navigate between organisation hierarchies
14.6.5. Clear thematic layer
14.7. Manage boundary layers
14.7.1. Create or modify boundary layers
14.7.2. Search for organisation units
14.7.3. Navigate between organisation hierarchies
14.7.4. Clear boundary layer
14.8. Manage Earth Engine layer
14.8.1. Create or modify an Earth Engine layer
14.9. Add external map layers
14.10. Manage map favorites
14.10.1. Save a map as a favorite
14.10.2. Open a favorite
14.10.3. Rename a favorite
14.10.4. Overwrite a favorite
14.10.5. Share a map interpretation
14.10.6. Modify sharing settings for a favorite
14.10.7. Delete a favorite
14.11. Save a map as an image
14.12. Embed a map in an external web page
14.13. Search for a location
14.14. Measure distances and areas in a map
14.15. Get the latitude and longitude at any location
14.16. View a map as a pivot table or chart
14.16.1. Open a map as a chart
14.16.2. Open a map as a pivot table

14.1. About the GIS app

With the GIS app you can overlay multiple layers and choose among different base maps. You can create thematic maps of areas and points, view facilities based on classifications, and visualize catchment areas for each facility. You can add labels to areas and points, and search and filter using various criteria. You can move points and set locations on the fly. Maps can be saved as favorites and shared with other people.

Here's an overview of the GIS app workspace

  • The icons in the top left of the workspace represent the map layers. They are the starting point of the GIS app.

  • The panel on the right side of the workspace shows an overview of the layers:

    • The default base map is OSM Light. It's selected by default. If you're online you'll also see OpenStreetMap, Google Streets and Google Hybrid. You can use these maps as background maps and layers. Switch between them by selecting or clearing the checkbox.

    • If you want to increase or reduce the opacity of a layer, use the up and down arrows for the selected layer.

    • Use the map legends when you create a thematic map. A legend explains the link between values and colors on your map.

  • Zoom to content automatically adjusts the zoom level and map center position to put the data on your map in focus.

  • To view information for an event, simply click the event.

  • Right-click to display the longitude and latitude of the map.